Long Time Coming. Short Writings from Zimbabwe
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Long Time Coming brings together short stories and poems from thirty-three writers that provide snapshots of this turbulent period in Zimbabwe's history. Snapshots of living in a country where basic services have crumbled: where shops have no food, taps no water, banks no money, hospitals no drugs, bars no beer. Snapshots of characters surviving against seemingly insurmountable odds. Horrific snapshots of the abuse of power, of violence and oppression, of the destruction of dreams. But this is Zimbabwe and there are lighter moments and moments of hope: in some of life's simple pleasures, in the coming of the rains, in the wink and the smile of a stranger, in a challenge to patriarchy, in the inner strength of the people, in fighting back. The writers are Raisedon Baya, Wim Boswinkel, Diana Charsley, Brian Chikwava, Julius Chingono, Mathew Chokuwenga, Bhekilizwe Dube, John Eppel, Peter Finch, Petina Gappah, David Goodwin, Anne Simone Hutton, Monireh Jassat, Ignatius Mabasa, Fungai Rufaro Machirori, Judy Maposa, Deon Marcus, Christopher Mlalazi, Gothataone Moeng, Wame Molefhe, Linda Msebele, Mzana Mthimkhulu, Peter Ncube, Thabisani Ndlovu, Pathisa Nyathi, Andrew Pocock, John S. Read, Bryony Rheam, Lloyd Robson, Ian Rowlands, Owen Sheers, Chaltone Tshabangu and Sandisile Tshuma.



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Date de parution 15 octobre 2008
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9780797443402
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 5 Mo

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Long Time Coming
It’s been a long, a long time coming But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will
Lyrics fromA Change is Gonna Comeby Sam Cooke Smart Lyrics 2008
Long Time Coming
Short Writings from Zimbabwe
edited by Jane Morris
ISBN 978-0-7974-3644-2 EAN 9780797436442
This collection: ’amaBooks, 2008
Each contribution remains the copyright of the author
Published by ’amaBooks P.O. Box AC1066, Ascot, Bulawayo email: amabooks@gator.co.zw www.amabooksbyo.com
Typeset by ’amaBooks Printed by Automation Business Forms, Bulawayo
Cover Painting: Charles Nkomo Cover Design: Veena Bhana
’amaBooks would like to express their thanks to HIVOS and the Zimbabwe Culture Trust Fund for making this publication possible, and to Alliance Française de Bulawayo for continuing support.
Safari, by Owen Sheers, was previously published by Hay Festival Press in 2007. Copyright © 2007 Owen Sheers. Reproduced by permission of the author c/o Rogers, Coleridge & White Ltd., 20 Powis Mews, London W11 1JN. This work is copyright and has been recorded for the sole use of people with print disabilities. No unauthorised broadcasting, public performance, copying or re-recording is permitted. The Cracked, Pink Lips of Rosie’s Bridegroom, by Petina Gappah, was previously published inThe Zimbabwean.
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the publisher.
Sandisile Tshuma
The Cracked, Pink Lips of Rosie’s Bridegroom Echoes of Silence
The Awards Ceremony
The Chicken Bus
Mathew Chokuwenga
Christopher Mlalazi
Julius Chingono
Wim Boswinkel
Brian Chikwava
Peter Ncube
Andrew Pocock
Peter Finch
Linda Msebele
Julius Chingono
Petina Gappah
Raisedon Baya
Arrested Development
Bus Fare
Ian Rowlands
King of Bums
Judy Maposa
10 Lanigan Avenue
My Country
John Eppel
John S. Read
Looking for the Southern Cross
The First Lady’s Yellow Shoes
First Rain
Six Pack
Rum and Still Waters
Some Kind of Madness
A Lazy Sunday Afternoon
Not Slaves to Fashion
Poetry is…
Loving the Self
David Goodwin
Who Knows What Season Tomorrow Brings
John Eppel
Pathisa Nyathi
Bhekilizwe Dube
Chaltone Tshabangu
Diana Charsley
Bryony Rheam
Mzana Mthimkhulu
Gothataone Moeng
Deon Marcus
Owen Sheers
Wame Molefhe
Lloyd Robson
Thabisani Ndlovu
Passing Villages
Vendor and Child
Ignatius Mabasa
Anne Simone Hutton
Monireh Jassat
Fungai Rufaro Machirori
A Study in Blue
Miss Parker and the Tugboat
Ignatius Mabasa
And the Rains Came
The Sadza Eaters
The Pencil Test
Rain in July
Arrested Development
Sandisile Tshuma
I have been standing at Max’s Garage for almost three hours trying to hitch a ride to Beitbridge. I am not the only one here though; there must be at least fifty people, maybe even a hundred. Or more, I don’t know, whatever; it’s hot and I am tired. The point is there is a sizeable crowd of would-be travellers with things to do and places to be and we are all waiting. Desperately. So much about life here and now entails waiting. If you are serious about life, if you are a go-getter and you want to make things happen then you need to know how to wait. Seriously. You take a deep breath, put your ‘game face’ on, brace yourself and wait. I had to wait two hours to get money from the bank to pay for my journey and now here I am waiting. Again. It’s what we do. We wait for transport, for electricity, for rain, for slow-speed internet connections at dingy cyber-cafes in town where we check our mail to see if a nifty little website has found us a job in Dubai or a scholarship to an obscure foreign university, or anything really to get us out of here. And there is never anything, mind you, but you know how hope is. It never dies. So we tell ourselves that there isn’t anythingyet. We’ll find a way out; in the meantime let’s wait. If you are serious about your life, about surviving, about the future, then you sow some seeds, invest in yourself and you wait. It’s my favourite oxymoron,arrested development. I am not hard to spot in this crowd at the barely functioning filling station. I am the sore-thumb of a twenty-something year old woman wearing high-end sunglasses and trendy jeans, carrying minimal luggage and standing in a statuesque pose that is supposed to convince motorists that I would be great company on a major road trip so they should stop for me. I have been here for
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